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Poster: Tiny fingers of light Date: Sep 17, 2009 2:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Slow Train Comin

Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
Can't help but wonder what's happening to my companions
Are they lost or are they found, have they counted the cost it'll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they're gonna have to abandon ?
There's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

I had a woman down in Alabama
She was a backwoods girl, but she sure was realistic
She said, Boy, without a doubt, have to quit your mess and straighten out
You could die down here, be just another accident statistic
There's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

All that foreign oil controlling American soil
Look around you, it's just bound to make you embarrassed
Sheiks walking around like kings, wearing fancy jewels and nose rings
Deciding America's future from Amsterdam and to Paris
And there's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

Man's ego is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don't apply no more
You can't rely no more to be standing around waiting
In the home of the brave, Jefferson turning over in his grave
Fools glorifying themselves, trying to manipulate Satan
And there's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

Big-time negotiators, false healers and woman haters
Masters of the bluff and masters of the proposition
But the enemy I see wears a cloak of decency
All non-believers and men stealers talking in the name of religion
And there's slow, there's slow train coming up around the bend.

People starving and thirsting, grain elevators are bursting
Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to give it
They say loose your inhibitions, follow your own ambitions
They talk about a life of brotherly love, show me someone who knows how to live it
There's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

Well, my baby went to Illinois with some bad-talking boy she could destroy
A real suicide case, but there was nothing I could do to stop it
I don't care about economy, I don't care about astronomy
But it's sure do bother me to see my loved ones turning into puppets
There's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 18, 2009 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

An early song by Dylan, similar in subject and spirit, is Dylan's "Basement Tapes" song "Sign On The Cross"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJfm_s-6roI&;feature=related


Now, I try, oh for so awf'ly long
And I just try to be.
And now, oh it's a gold mine
But it's so fine.
Yes, but I know in my head
That we're all so misled,
And it's that ol' sign on the cross
That worries me.

Now, when I was just a bawlin' child,
I saw what I wanted to be,
And it's all for the sake
Of that picture I should see.
But I was lost on the moon
As I heard that front door slam,
And that old sign on the cross
Still worries me.

Well, it's that old sign on the cross,
Well, it's that old key to the kingdom,
Well, it's that old sign on the cross
Like you used to be.

But, when I hold my head so high
As I see my ol' friends go by,
And it's still that sign on the cross
That worries me.

Well, it seems to be the sign on the cross. Ev'ry day,
ev'ry night, see the sign on the cross just layin' up
on top of the hill. Yes, we thought it might have
disappeared long ago, but I'm here to tell you, friends,
that I'm afraid it's lyin' there still. Yes, just a
little time is all you need, you might say, but I don't
know 'bout that any more, because the bird is here and
you might want to enter it, but, of course, the door might
be closed. But I just would like to tell you one time,
if I don't see you again, that the thing is, that the sign
on the cross is the thing you might need the most.

Yes, the sign on the cross
Is just a sign on the cross.
Well, there is some on every chisel
And there is some in the championship, too.
Oh, when your, when your days are numbered
And your nights are long,
You might think you're weak
But I mean to say you're strong.
Yes you are, if that sign on the cross,
If it begins to worry you.
Well, that's all right because sing a song
And all your troubles will pass right on through.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 18, 2009 9:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

Thanks ,Tinyfingers of light ,for this song "slow train coming " . Very accurate stuff .

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 17, 2009 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

Thanx, this should've got posted on the Happy Constitution Day post that other forumites are posting on.
I think Dylans conversion to chritianity was real and that spirituality is with him still.
a lot of people don't know the difference between religon and spirituality. It took Dylans Slow Train Comin to show me

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 17, 2009 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

" a lot of people don't know the difference between religon and spirituality."

The ones trying to shove it down your throat rather than minding their own business are the religious ones. See? Easy

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 17, 2009 3:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

Religion is for people who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.
Bonnie Raitt

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 17, 2009 6:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

This is the primary reason I posted "My Back Pages" the other night. The lyrics suddenly struck me as both religious and spiritual although there's no obvious reference to either. A lot of presuming and posturing can go with most any Dylan song, including this one, so it's probably best to keep my thoughts to myself.

The one thing I was struck by was the continual theme of personal growth and the notion that anywhere along the line you may be fooling yourself into thinking you're flush with wisdom. (and as a cautionary tale, you quickly find that greater wisdom resides in front of you rather than behind.)

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 17, 2009 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

Great quote bluedevil, I can never hear that one enough

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Sep 17, 2009 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

Hit the nail right on the head

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Poster: snori Date: Sep 18, 2009 8:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

At the time I hoped he was just pretending in order to sell more records rather than genuinely coverted. I'm still not sure.

'they sell everything from toy guns that spark to flesh-coloured Christs that glow in the dark - it's easy to see without looking too far that not much is really sacred.'

Now, that's a lyric !

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Sep 18, 2009 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Slow Train Comin

From his album "Saved" - I guess you can make up your own mind regarding the reality of his conversion. Apparently occurred in a Bible study at Larry Norman's house.

If You find it in Your heart, can I be forgiven?
Guess I owe You some kind of apology.
I've escaped death so many times, I know I'm only living
By the saving grace that's over me.

By this time I'd-a thought I would be sleeping
In a pine box for all eternity.
My faith keeps me alive, but I still be weeping
For the saving grace that's over me.

Well, the death of life, then come the resurrection,
Wherever I am welcome is where I'll be.
I put all my confidence in Him, my sole protection
Is the saving grace that's over me.

Well, the devil's shining light, it can be most blinding,
But to search for love, that ain't no more than vanity.
As I look around this world all that I'm finding
Is the saving grace that's over me.

The wicked know no peace and you just can't fake it,
There's only one road and it leads to Calvary.
It gets discouraging at times, but I know I'll make it
By the saving grace that's over me.

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